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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29, 2015 | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously...

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Sharp-Eyed Alma Spots a Flare on Famous Red Giant Star

May 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun..


New Lab Can Create Hurricane Conditions on Demand

May 29, 2015 10:26 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch.  The lab...


Photos of the Day: Carrier Air Wing 5 Completes Qualifications

May 29, 2015 9:56 am | by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas | Comments

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23.  CQ allows CVW 5 pilots and George Washington's flight deck crew...


Google Offers Unlimited Free Storage of Photos, Videos

May 29, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google's desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people's lives. Google will provide ... 

Food or Fuel? How About Both?

May 29, 2015 9:27 am | by American Society of Agronomy | Comments

In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both...


Grippy Not Sticky: Incredibly Adhesive Material That Doesn't Get Stuck

May 29, 2015 9:22 am | by Bjorn Carey | Comments

A promising new adhesive material was born out of a scrap.  David Christensen, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Stanford, was trimming a piece of adhesive modeled after the grippy fingers of geckos...


Scientists Use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Study Gray Whales from Above

May 29, 2015 9:19 am | by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service | Comments

One recent spring day, John Durban, a NOAA Fisheries marine mammal biologist, stood on the California coast and launched an unmanned aerial vehicle into the air. The hexacopter--so called because it has six helicopter-type rotors--zipped over the ocean and hovered ... 


Cassini Prepares for Last Up-close Look at Hyperion

May 29, 2015 9:16 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close approach to Saturn's large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion on Sunday, May 31.  The Saturn-orbiting spacecraft will pass Hyperion at a distance of about 21,000 miles...


Physicists Precisely Measure Interaction Between Atoms and Carbon Surfaces

May 29, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Physicists at the University of Washington have conducted the most precise and controlled measurements yet of the interaction between the atoms and molecules that comprise air and the type of carbon surface used in battery electrodes...


Donuts, Math, and Superdense Teleportation of Qantum Information

May 29, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

Putting a hole in the center of the donut--a mid-nineteenth-century invention--allows the deep-fried pastry to cook evenly, inside and out. As it turns out, the hole in the center of the donut also holds answers for a type of more efficient...


GoPro's Next Venture: Virtual Reality and Drones

May 28, 2015 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of GoPro's are rising before the opening bell after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business. The company already dominates the action video camera market and its entry into the fast-growing field of drones ... 


Spinning A New Version of Silk

May 28, 2015 10:11 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory...


Jawbone Files Lawsuit Against Rival Fitbit

May 28, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a clash of rival makers of fitness trackers, Jawbone is suing Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit, saying they stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and other information. Jawbone's lawsuit names Fitbit ... 


Merging Galaxies Break Radio Silence

May 28, 2015 9:55 am | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | Comments

A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) have conducted a large survey to investigate the relationship between galaxies that have undergone mergers...


Aftershock Assessment

May 28, 2015 9:51 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

Earthquakes kill, but their aftershocks can cause the rapid collapse of buildings left standing in the aftermath of the initial quake. Research published in the International Journal of Reliability and Safety offers a new approach to predicting which buildings...



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